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Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he serves as Chair of the firm's national Health Care Industry Team. 


Mr. Vernaglia represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers. Mr. Vernaglia's practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and CoN/DoN; survey/certification appeals; patient care/medical ethics; fraud & abuse/Stark law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards. He regularly serves as local counsel on health care transactions in New England for multi-state projects.

Mr. Vernaglia is a regular lecturer on hospital issues, physicians, long term care, and other topics in law and medicine. Speeches by Mr. Vernaglia addressed topics such as: physician/hospital joint ventures; discount/collection policies for uninsured patients; the Anti-kickback Statute; corporate governance for nonprofits; compliance program developments; reimbursement and managed care; and HIPAA.


He is the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Section (2006-2008 term). Mr. Vernaglia serves on the editorial boards of JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island, the journal of the RI Medical Society. He is one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants. For several years, he has been co-chair of MCLE's comprehensive Health Law Basics program and the advanced Health Law Conference. He is involved with several not-for-profit organizations, as a board member and legal advisor. Mr. Vernaglia is a member of the Board of Corporators of Hallmark Health System, a multi-campus community hospital system in Massachusetts. Mr. Vernaglia has been named as a top healthcare lawyer by Massachusetts Super Lawyers® since its inception. Only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys receive this honor. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 in the field of health care. Mr. Vernaglia has been listed in the 2008 and the most recent edition, 2009, of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers.


Mr. Vernaglia is the co-editor of the book Healthcare Compliance Professional's Guide to the False Claims Act (2007). He is also the co-editor of the two volume treatise Massachusetts Health and Hospital Law Manual (2004). He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on various topics in law and medicine in such sources as AHLA's Health Law Digest and Health Lawyers Weekly; Medical Economics; The Journal of Health Care Finance; The Boston Business Journal; The Physician's News Digest; Developing and Managing Physician Networks: Business and Legal Strategies; Annotated Law Reports 5th Ed.; Health Care Policy Report; American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys News; Medicine &; Health/Rhode Island; and JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation.


Mr. Vernaglia has been a part-time faculty member in Providence College's Health Policy and Management Program, where he has taught health care law for eight years. He also served as a judge/instructor at Boston University School of Law for various programs since 1993.


Mr. Vernaglia earned his J.D. and his master's in public health from Boston University and his bachelor's degree from New College of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire.



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  1. Health Care: 100%



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Foley & Lardner, LLP

111 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA, 02199-7610


NHAuthorized to practice law200410/21/2009
NYCurrently registered 200007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Health Law ListingChambers & Partners USA2009
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2009
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2008
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2007
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2006
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2005
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Bar Association, Health Law SectionCo-chair2006 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Fifty State Survey of Certificate of Need and Licensure: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospice, Chapter Author (chapters on Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine laws) (AHLA, 2009).NH, MA and Maine CON Laws2009
Clinical Research Compliance ManualConsulting Editor2009
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Law ManualEditor of treatise; author of Introduction and Reimbursement Chapter2009
Clinical Research Practice Guide, First EditionReimbursement Chapter2008
Healthcare Compliance Professional's Guide to the False Claims ActEditor and Chapter Author2007
The Compliance Program Effectiveness HandbookContributing Editor2007
Hospital Auditing and Monitoring Toolkit: Sample Programs for Key Risk AreasChapter Author2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Boston UniversityPublic HealthMA - MastersN/A
New College of FloridaN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medicare Cost Reporting SeminarA Reimbursement Officer’s View of the New CMS Rules for Part A Appeals Before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board2009
Medicare Appeals Process Member BriefingUnderstanding the Changes to PRRB Regulations and Procedures2009
Massachusetts Legislation Concerning Proposed Pharmaceutical Gift BanImplications for Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Manufacturers2009
Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching InstitutionsTeaching Hospital Medicare Reimbursement Challenges: What You Need to Know Right Now2009
Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment IssuesPrimer on Researching Medicare and Medicaid Issues: Sources and Techniques2009
Health Care Compliance Association 2007 New England Regional ConferenceProgram Co-Chair and moderator on panel presentation “The Board’s Role in Compliance,”2009
Health and Hospital Law Conference 2009: Conflicts of Interest in Health CareConference Co-Chair2009
HCCA’s Quality of Care Compliance ConferenceManaging the Legal Risks Associated with Collaborating on Quality: Stark, Gainsharing, Antitrust, and More2009
HCCA Compliance InstituteDo Anything, but Don’t Stand in My Blue Suede Shoes: A Compliance Officer’s Analysis of New Stark Rules on Financial Relationships2009
Florida Association of Assisted Living Annual MeetingStrategies for Dealing With Difficult Families2009
Association of Clinical Researchers & Educators Charter Meeting and ConferenceUnderstanding the Massachusetts Gift Ban Law and Regulations: Practical Implications for Physicians and Researchers2009
ACHCA New England Mid-Winter MeetingWelcome to the Jungle: A Nursing Home Administrator’s Guide to Litigation2009